Three resident bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) continue to thrill onlookers with their acrobatic antics in the Killiney Bay / Dalkey area of Dublin Bay. Footage of the trio even featured on last night’s RTÉ news.
According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) there have been daily sightings of the dolphins over the last week or so. Since August 2010 the group has validated more than 120 sightings of this particular group of dolphins between Wicklow Harbour and Dunlaoghaire, with many of the sightings coming from the Killiney Bay area, suggesting that this is an important habitat for the animals.
Reports have even come in from the DART between Killiney and Dalkey. “There aren’t too many European capitals which can boast whale watching opportunities from public transport systems!” comments Padraig Whooley, IWDG sightings coordinator, on the organisation’s website.
While the IWDG is encouraging people to get out and see the dolphins, they suggest watching them from the shore, and are cautioning boat owners to keep their distance and allow the dolphins to control the extent of the interaction.
Here’s the advice from the IWDG website:
If you plan on taking out a boat to see them, we’d ask you to familiarise yourself with Marine Safety Notice 15, which covers Whale-Watching regulations. It is law, and not a voluntary code. As always, we’d encourage people to enjoy the spectacle from the shore, which may even offer the best overall views of them. Suggested sites would be Vico Road and White Beach area. But if you are on the water with them, and you feel it’s becoming a bit of a circus, let your concerns be known to other boat users and leave the area.
This is a great opportunity to get out and see some of our marine mammals near our capital city. If you get to see them, let us know in the comments, and please share your photographs, video or comments on the Ireland’s Wildlife page on Facebook.